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|Table 2: Offences currently( 1) recorded as homicide where the age of victim is under 16 and the apparent circumstances of killing is child/sexual abuse: England and Wales, 2003-04 to 2006-07( 2,3)|
|Year offence initially recorded as homicide( 2)||Number of victims|
|(1) As at 12 November 2007; figures are subject to revision as cases are dealt with by the police and by the courts, or as further information becomes available.|
(2) Is not necessarily the year in which the incident took place or the year in which any court decision was made.
(3) Data for 2007-08 are not yet published.
In 2006 we decided to improve data collection to get a clearer picture of the scale of knife crime. These figures were published on 17 July show that there were 22,151 offences of serious violence involving knives (ie attempted murder, wounding with intent to commit GBH, wounding or inflicting GBH (ie without intent), or robbery) in 2007-08. This was the first year that these figures were
available and will in future provide information on trends for these offences. These figures are not broken down by age group.
We take knife crime extremely seriously and have announced a programme of action, based on the successful Tackling Gangs Action Programme model, to combat this issue. The action includes increased enforcement activity including the use of search equipment, prevention through educational initiatives such as Be Safe, development of the knife referral project to ensure that young people who are convicted of carrying knives but who do not receive a custodial sentence are required to attend a weapons awareness programme. We have also launched a £3 million three-year publicity campaign designed by young people focusing on the risks and consequences of knife carrying. This is being delivered via a social networking site, radio advertisements, posters and viral video clips.
Mr. Evennett: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many (a) police officers, (b) police constables, (c) police sergeants and (d) police community support officers were working in the London Borough of Bexley in (i) 2007 and (ii) 2008 to date. 
Mr. Coaker: Police personnel statistics are not collected by borough. Data are collected by basic command unit (BCU), although they are not collected by rank at this level. However, Bexley is a BCU within the Metropolitan Police.
Mr. Leech: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many police drivers have been prosecuted or disciplined for driving offences committed while at work in each of the last five years. 
Mr. Dai Davies: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment she has made of the effect on the delivery of policing in Gwent of the proposed changes to the level of police grant for the forthcoming financial year. 
Mr. Coaker: The Government announced last year provisional funding totals for the three year period 2008-09 to 2010-11. The stability of funding provided by a three year settlement enables police authorities to develop medium term financial strategies and control their spending. We will finalise grant allocation for 2009-10 shortly.
Gwent police authority received £80.6 million in general grant for 2008-09, an increase of 2.5 per cent. (£2.0 million) over 2007-08. This is in line with the minimum increase guaranteed for all police authorities in England and Wales. Gwent benefits from this decision. If the needs based police funding formula had been strictly applied it would have received £2.3 million less.
Between 2006-07 and 2007-08, the Gwent police force area experienced a nine per cent. fall in overall crime, a 20 per cent. fall in theft of a motor vehicle, and violence against the person had fallen by 13 per cent. during the same period.
Paul Rowen: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the projected savings are of the 2006 Police Pension Scheme changes in relation to public sector pensions for the police. 
|Police officer resignations( 1) by police force area (FTE)( 2) from 2005-06 to 2007-08|
|2005-06( 3, 4)||2006-07||2007-08|
|(1) Does not include transfers to other England and Wales forces.|
(2) Full-time equivalent figures that have been rounded to the nearest whole number. Because of rounding, there may be an apparent discrepancy between totals and the sums of the constituent items.
(3) Financial year runs 1 April to 31 March inclusive.
(4) Over 1,000 police officers previously working with the National Crime Squad (NCS) and the National Criminal Intelligence Squad (NCIS) left their home force to join the Serious Organised Crime Agency when it vested on 1 April 2006.
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